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Matt Cowan Admitted to Candidacy
On Saturday, July 31, Matthew Cowan was admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders during the Eucharistic Liturgy at his home parish of Cross in the Woods, Indian River, by Bishop Bernard A. Hebda. Cowan is one of ten seminarians currently preparing for priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord. Fr. Michael Fowler, OFM, Pastor at Cross in the Woods and Fr. Donald Geyman, Director of Vocations for the Diocese, concelebrated the Mass.
The Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders is typically celebrated when a seminarian has reached a maturity of purpose in his formation. After being called forward by Fr. Geyman, Matt read aloud his request which he had presented to the Bishop.
In accordance and compliance with Canon 1034, #1, of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, I hereby formally petition for Admission to Candidacy for the Orders of the Diaconate and the Priesthood. In making this request, I declare that I wish to dedicate my life to the service of the Church for the glory of God and the good of souls.
I realize that this Admission to Candidacy for Orders does not carry with it any of the duties, rights or privileges of clerics; however, I realize that in virtue of your acceptance of me as a Candidate for Orders of the Diaconate and Priesthood, I must care for my vocation in a special way and foster it. I also realize that I acquire the right to the necessary spiritual assistance by which I can develop my vocation and submit unconditionally to the will of God.
In presenting this petition, I solemnly declare that I am actuated by no motive of fear, either physical or moral. In no way am I coerced by parent, relative, or any other agency whatsoever. Finally, I declare that I am making this request for Admission to Candidacy for Orders of my own free will.
Matt then knelt before the Bishop who questioned him regarding his intention to complete his preparation for Holy Orders and his resolve to fully invest himself to that end, so that he will serve Christ and the Church faithfully. Upon Matts affirmative responses, Bishop Hebda declared, The Church accepts your resolve with joy. May God who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfillment.
Matthew is the son of Al and Kathy Cowan of Petoskey. He has been attending the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus Ohio and received his Bachelor of Philosophy degree from the College in May. He will continue his studies in theology this fall at North American University in Rome.